[mas-ti-kuh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee]
noun, plural mas·ti·ca·to·ries.
  1. Pharmacology. a medicinal substance to be chewed, as to promote the secretion of saliva.

Origin of masticatory

From the New Latin word masticātōrius, dating back to 1605–15. See masticate, -tory1
Related formsun·mas·ti·ca·to·ry, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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British Dictionary definitions for masticatory


  1. of, relating to, or adapted to chewing
noun plural -tories
  1. obsolete a medicinal substance chewed to increase the secretion of saliva
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masticatory in Medicine


  1. Of, relating to, or used in mastication.
  2. Adapted for chewing.
  1. A medicinal substance that is chewed to increase salivation.
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